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Jean M. Blanton

Member , Evansville IN

812.759.3850

Jean M. Blanton

Member , Evansville IN

Jean joined Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Evansville office as Partner in 2022. She is primarily a trial attorney who practices in state and federal trial and appellate courts in the areas of Commercial Disputes (breach of fiduciary duty, business torts, contracts), Employment Matters (ADA, discrimination, FMLA, harassment), Family Law, and Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights. In 2022, Jean was appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court to the Indiana Coalition for Court Access. In 2019, the Indiana Supreme Court appointed her to the Indiana Board of Law Examiners (BLE) and she continues to serve in that capacity.

She has been an active member of the local community, especially at the University of Southern Indiana, where she has served as an adjunct professor, president of the Alumni Council, and is currently Chair Elect of the University’s Foundation. Jean is a recognized leader for both her professional and volunteer work and has received multiple awards for her service.  In addition to her service at USI and to the Board of Law Examiners and Coalition for Court Access, she currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Evansville Regional Economic Partnership (E-REP), as a Board member of the United Way of Southwestern Indiana, as a board member of the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF) as President of the Newburgh Sea Creatures Swim Club, where both of her children competitively swim.

Jean began practicing law in the fall of 2004.  Prior to joining SKO, she practiced with Ziemer Stayman Weitzel & Shoulders and became a Partner in January, 2010.  She is an AV rated Attorney, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a recipient of the Indiana Bar Foundation’s Pro Bono Publico Award, the Evansville Bar Association’s Susan K. Helfrich Excellence in Pro Bono service award, and the University of Southern Indiana’s Spirit of the Eagle Award and the Alumni Service Award.

General Counsel: For a number of small to mid-size companies, Jean serves as a first point of contact whenever legal services are needed over the course of the client’s regular business operations. Jean believes that an attorney should be a key business advisor who provides practical approaches to problem-solving, proactive legal risk management, and problem avoidance, when possible.  She draws upon her understanding of each client’s business, gives careful consideration to the client’s goals, and strives to effectively and timely advise her clients.

Business Litigation: Jean and her team assist companies of all sizes through each phase of the conflict, whether it results in court action, arbitration, or out-of-court settlement.

Business Torts: Jean consults with clients on best practices to minimize risk and stay in compliance with state and federal regulations.

Family Law Services: When family dynamics change, Jean provides legal assistance to ensure the client and his/her family are protected in both the short term and into the future.

Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits: Business owners of all sizes benefit from Jean’s expertise in all areas of Employment Law. She is an excellent advisor for preventing litigation, as well as a knowledgeable resource for matters that do end up in court.

Education

University of Cincinnati College of Law, 2004, J.D., Dean's Honors

University of Southern Indiana, 2001, B.S., cum laude

Experience

Admitted In

  • Indiana

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana

  • Illinois

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Professional & Community Activities

  • Indiana Bar Association

  • Illinois Bar Association

  • United Way of Southwest Indiana, Board Member, 2023

  • Coalition for Court Access, Member

  • Evansville Bar Association, former Board of Directors member and Chair of Young Lawyers section

  • Albion Fellows Bacon Center, former President

  • Community Foundation Alliance, former Treasurer and Board Member

  • E-REP (Evansville Regional Economic Partnership), Board Member

  • Holly’s House, former President and Board Member

  • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum Futures, Council Member

  • Indiana Supreme Court Board of Law Examiners, Board Member

  • Leadership Evansville, Graduate

  • Legal Aid Society Board of Directors, former President and Member

  • Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow

  • University of Southern Indiana, former Adjunct Professor

  • University of Southern Indiana Alumni Council, former President and Board Member

  • University of Southern Indiana Foundation, Vice President for Planning, Executive Committee and Member

  • Vanderburgh Community Foundation, former President and Board Member

  • Volunteer Lawyer Program, Volunteer

Accolades

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell®

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2024

  • Rising Star among Indiana Attorneys, Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine, 2009 – 2018

  • Evansville’s 20 Under Age 40 Emerging Leaders Award, Evansville Business Journal, 2010

  • Spirit of the Eagle Award and Service Award, University of Southern Indiana Alumni

  • Susan K. Helfrich Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Services, Evansville Bar Association, 2009

  • Indiana Bar Foundation Pro Bono Public Award

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